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CB 7 did right voting against Mormon church

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I am writing in response to your Feb. 9-15 editorial “Fairness a Stranger at CB 7.”

I am amused at how you belittled Community Board 7 for denying a waiver for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to build a facility in the middle of a residential neighborhood. The fact of the matter is that CB 7 did its job by protecting the community it serves.

Granting three waivers would set a terrible precedent, regardless of whether it is a house of worship or not. What would be the purpose of the North Flushing rezoning if the members of the community board would rubber stamp all types of facilities — regardless of whether they are appropriate for the surrounding neighborhood or not.

North Flushing has been besieged by developers over the past decade and the vote by the CB 7 members is a result of this frustration. Members of the community have had enough of developers and regardless of whether they build residential, commercial or religious facilities.

In fact, I am concerned with the tone you take in your editorial, that “[Borough President Helen] Marshall and the BSA should reverse CB 7’s decision” and grant the waivers. Are you suggesting our elected officials should ignore the will of the people? The process, which is already weighed heavily against homeowners, is designed to protect the rights of the community that these changes will affect.

I applaud CB 7 for standing up for the rights of the homeowners who would potentially be negatively affected by the granting of permission to build this facility in the middle of a residential block.

While you state that the “community boards and Marshall should encourage Queens development,” perhaps you can send us your address. It appears that you are more than willing to have this 23,420-square-foot monstrosity built in your neighborhood — although I imagine your neighbors would not be so pleased either.

I have a feeling you and your neighbors would not be so against the due process the community board follows if this happened to be built next to your home.

Jim Forkan

Flushing

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